Brooke Mattapan Team 2019-2020

Ms. Abby Waldman

Principal

B.A., Brandeis University; M.Ed., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Abby Waldman joined Brooke in 2008 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Waldman then taught fourth grade and served as an assistant principal. She became the principal of Brooke Mattapan in 2015. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Waldman taught third grade through Teach for America in Las Vegas.

Dr. Melissa Oyer

Assistant Principal

B.A., Duke University; M.Ed. and Ph.D., Temple University
Melissa Oyer joined Brooke in 2017 as the School Psychologist at Brooke Mattapan. Dr. Oyer is currently the Assistant Principal for Student Support at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Dr. Oyer was the School Psychologist and Director of Individualized Student Services at the Charter High School for Architecture + Design in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Courtney Swartz

Assistant Principal

B.S., Ithaca College; M.A.T., American University 
Courtney Swartz joined Brooke in 2012 as a sixth grade English language arts teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Swartz has taught fifth grade at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Swartz is currently serving as the Assistant Principal of Upper Elementary at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Swartz was a Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at UP Academy Holland, taught 4th grade at Galapagos Charter School and UNO Charter School in Chicago, and 3rd grade at Parkview Elementary School in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Danya Wallace

Assistant Principal

B.A., Canterbury Christ Church University; M.A., Goldsmiths University of London; M.Sc., Touro College
Danya Wallace joined Brooke in 2016 as a third grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Mrs. Wallace also taught sixth grade ELA and social studies. Mrs. Wallace is currently serving as Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan, working specifically with sixth and seventh grade. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Wallace taught third grade for four years in the Bronx, New York and worked for many years as an educator in London, England, Botswana, and South Africa.

Ms. Theresa Walsh

Assistant Principal

B.A.,Syracuse University; M.A..,American University
Theresa Walsh joined Brooke in 2017 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently serving as Lower Elementary Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Walsh was principal of Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary School in New York City. She has taught in NYC and Washington, DC.

Mr. Niel Francois

Dean of Students

B.A., Andrews University
Mr. Francois Graduated from Andrews University in 2012. While there he studied Social Work in hopes to one day work with children. After graduating Mr. Francois felt impressed to transition into teaching. He started working with kindergarten aged children, Elementary Special Education, and 6th grade history in a span of 5 years. Mr. Francois has a passion for student achievement and character development and is excited to continue that work here at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Allyson Taylor

Director of Operations

B.A., University of California Los Angeles; M.A., Harvard University
Allyson Taylor joined Brooke in 2018, as the Director of Operations at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Taylor graduated with her Masters in Education Policy and taught 3rd grade at a charter school in New York City.

Ms. Katherine Nethercote

School Psychologist

B.A., Northeastern University; M.A., Ed.S., University of Delaware
Kaity Nethercote joined Brooke Mattapan in 2018 as the School Psychologist on the student support team. Before coming to Brooke, Kaity was a school psychologist for two years with Fairfax County Public Schools, in Fairfax, VA.

Ms. Stephanie Lopez

School Nurse, BSN, RN, CPN

B.A., Regis College
Stephanie Lopez joined Brooke in 2018 as the school nurse at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Lopez had over 5 years of direct patient care experience, including at Boston Children's Hospital and at Beth Israel Advanced Urgent Care. Ms. Lopez became a certified pediatric nurse in 2016.

Ms. Shemere Johnson

Associate Dean of Students

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Shemere Johnson joined Brooke in 2019 as the Associate Dean of Students at Brooke Mattapan. Previously, Shemere worked for Boston Prep in their Support Services department for two years.

Ms. Emma Blackney

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Boston College
Emma Blackney joined Brooke in 2018, as a Kindergarten Teacher on the Brooke Mattapan team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Blackney taught two years of Kindergarten at a charter school in New York City.

Ms. Laura Crowe

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Union College; M.Ed. Boston University
Laura Crowe joined Brooke in 2019 as a Kindergarten Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Crowe worked at UP Academy Dorchester where she taught 1st Grade and English as a Second Language for the past 5 years. Ms. Crowe served with City Year Boston and Teach for America prior to and during her time at UP Dorchester.

Ms. Gabrielle Holme-Miller

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Kalamazoo College
Gabrielle Holme-Miller joined Brooke in 2017 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Holme-Miller is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Chandler Pearson

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Williams College
Prior to Brooke, Ms. Pearson attended Williams College where she majored in psychology. She spent her college summers working for various education non-profits including Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), Middle Grades Partnership (MGP), and Generation Teach. 

Ms. Emily Brinn

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Bucknell University
Emily Brinn joined Brooke in 2016 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms Brinn has taught as a first grade teacher at Brooke.

Ms. Emily Doherty

First Grade Teacher

B.F.A., Syracuse University; M.Ed, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Emily Doherty joined Brooke in 2017, as a First Grade Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Doherty is currently serving as a Mentor Teacher in First Grade. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Doherty taught Kindergarten for four years with Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Heather Flaherty

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Georgetown University; M.Ed., Relay Graduate School of Education
Heather Flaherty joined Brooke in 2018 as a 1st Grade Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Flaherty served as a 2014 Teach for America Corps Member in the South Bronx, a Fulbright Teaching Scholar in Barranquilla, Colombia, and a 3rd grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York.

Ms. Katie Lee

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Amherst College; MST, Pace University; M.Ed., Harvard GSE; CAGS, UMass Boston
Ms. Lee joined Brooke in 2008 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since that time, Ms. Lee has served as a first grade and student support teacher at Brooke Roslindale and a fourth and first grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently a proud member of the first grade Mattapan team! Before Brooke, Ms. Lee taught first grade in New York City as a Teach for America corps member. She has also worked as a student support coordinator, instructional coach, and special education teacher within other district and charter schools in Boston.

Ms. Monique Meeks

Second Grade Teacher

Ms. Amy Mejia

Second Grade Teacher

B.A. Stonehill College; M.S.W., Wheelock College
Amy Mejia joined Brooke in 2017 as a third grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she has been a fourth grade teacher and is currently serving as a second grade teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mejia worked as an Ongoing Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families and prior to that served as a Victim/Witness Advocate for Plymouth County’s District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Sade Phipps

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Boston College
Sade Phipps joined Brooke 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She is currently teaching first grade at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Phipps taught first grade in Dorchester at UP Academy Holland for two years with Teach for America.

Mx. Char Skidmore

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., UMASS Boston; M.S., Wheelock College
Char Skidmore joined Brooke in 2010 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mx. Skidmore has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade at Brooke. In 2014, Mx. Skidmore served as a founding teacher at UP Academy Holland School, teaching kindergarten through second grade scholars. Char rejoined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2018 as an instructional support teacher and is currently serving as a second grade teacher.

Ms. Jennie Brown

Third-Fifth Grade Science Teacher

B.A., Smith College; M.A.T., Tufts University
Jennie Brown joined Brooke in 2017 as the 3-5 grade Science Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Brown taught in Cambridge and Oakland. She also taught youth science programming at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, the Springfield Museums, and the Museum of Science, Boston.

Ms. Kathryn Dircks

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Loyola University of Maryland; M.Ed., Goucher College
Kathryn Dircks joined Brooke in 2019 as a third grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Dircks taught 6th grade in Baltimore City, Maryland for six years.
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Mr. Drew Gallagher

Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Lilla Norris

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Birmingham Southern College; M.A., University of Alabama Birmingham
Lilla Norris joined Brooke in 2019 as a third grade teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Norris taught in Birmingham City Schools in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ms. Sarah Riley

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Appalachian State University
Sarah Riley joined Brooke Charter Schools in 2019 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Riley taught third grade in Raleigh, North Carolina and worked as a curriculum developer for the Positivity Project.

Ms. Ariel Smolik-Valles

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Harvard University
Ariel Smolik-Valles joined Brooke Mattapan in 2017 as an Associate Teacher for first grade. Since then, Ms. Valles has been teaching fourth grade and is currently teaching fourth grade. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Valles completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard College.

Ms. Katherine Stevenson

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Cedar Crest College
Katherine Stevenson joined Brooke in 2019 as a fourth grade teacher. Prior to Brooke, Ms. Stevenson taught English Language, Math and Science for one year in Thailand and second grade teacher at Molly Stark Elementary in Bennington, Vermont for five years.

Ms. Emily Corbett

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A. and M.A., Clark University
Emily Corbett joined the Brooke team in 2019 as a 5th grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, she taught 7th grade math at Up Academy Boston for one year, 7th grade science at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone for four years, and 7th grade science for two years in North Carolina through Teach for America.

Mr. Kevin Kaufman

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Oregon; M.Ed., Relay Graduate School of Education
Kevin Kaufman joined Brooke in 2017 as a Fifth Grade Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Kaufman spent three years teaching fourth grade at Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, New York.

Ms. Rachel Shack

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., Duke University; J.D. University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Shack joined Brooke Mattapan in 2018 as a 5th Grade Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Rachel was an attorney in the Boston office of WilmerHale and, before law school, she taught lower elementary in Greater New Orleans and served as a Recruitment Director at Teach For America.

Ms. Marilyn Akinrinlola

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.S., Miami University; M.Ed., Boston University
Ms. Akinrinlola was born and raised on the south side of Providence, Rhode Island. I attended undergrad at Miami University of Ohio and earned my B.S in social work with a minor in social justice studies. After graduating college, she moved to South Korea to teach English for 1.5 years. Immediately upon returning stateside, she joined Teach For America to pursue a passion for closing the achievement gap and working with low income students similar to herself. She is currently working to earn my masters degree in education at Boston University.

Ms. Shanera Brodie

Sixth Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Amherst College
Shanera Brodie joined Brooke Mattapan in 2017 as a middle school Associate Teacher. After her AT year, Shanera transitioned to lead teacher and is currently in her second year of teaching sixth grade English Language Arts and social studies. Shanera is a Boston native and proud Brooke alumna and is thrilled to be back in the Brooke community working with our wonderful Brooke scholars!

Ms. Annie Gaburo

Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Colgate University
Annie Gaburo joined Brooke in 2019 as a sixth grade english language arts teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Prior to joining Brooke, Ms. Gaburo taught sixth grade ELA at Boston Prep.

Ms. Veronica Gentile

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Boston College; M.E.T, Sposato Graduate School of Education
Veronica Gentile joined Brooke in 2017 as a 6th grade math and science teacher at the Brooke Mattapan campus. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Gentile taught 6th grade math and science for five years at Boston Prep, and worked for four years in a variety of roles at Match Charter School.

Ms. Dareon Stacker

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Denison University
Dareon Stacker joined Brooke as an Associate Teacher in 2015. Since then, she taught sixth grade Math and Science at the Brooke's Roslindale campus. She is currently a 6th grade Math and Science at Brooke's Mattapan campus. Before coming to Brooke, she completed a successful year with the Dudley Promise Corps.

Ms. Kayla Armando

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A. University of Connecticut; Ed.M., University of Bridgeport
Kayla Armando joined Brooke in 2018 as a seventh grade ELA & Social Studies teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms.Armando taught history and ELA for five years at Uncommon Schools in New York and Boston.

Mr. Adam Dobberfuhl

Seventh Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; M.S., Boston University
Adam Dobberfuhl joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th grade math and science teacher at the Mattapan Campus. Before coming to Brooke, Adam had more than 10 years of science teaching and administrative experience at Boston Prep.

Mr. John Ellis

Seventh Grade Math Teacher

B.A., The College of William and Mary
John Ellis joined Brooke in 2018 as a seventh grade Math and Science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Mr. Ellis currently teaches math to all seventh grade students. Before coming to Brooke, John taught seventh and eighth grade Math at Arthur Ashe Charter School in New Orleans, LA.

Ms. Polly Furth

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Centre College
Polly Furth joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th-grade ELA teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Furth had seven years of teaching experience at the elementary and high school level in Indonesia, Washington, D.C., and Denver, CO.

Ms. Andrea King

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Andrea King joined Brooke in 2018, as a 6th grade math/science Associate Teacher, Brooke Roslindale. Ms. King is currently serving as a 6th grade math/science teacher, Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. King worked for City Year as an Americorps member at a high school in Boston.

Mr. Sean McKenna

Seventh Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher

B.A., Bridgewater State University
Sean McKenna joined Brooke in 2017 as a fourth grade teacher in Mattapan. Mr. Mckenna is currently serving as a seventh grade ELA and history teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. McKenna taught seventh grade in Lowell, MA.

Ms. Digna Peña Cintron

Spanish Teacher, Co-Curricular Department Chair

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Digna Peña Cintron joined Brooke in 2015 as a Spanish teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she has co-founded the middle school softball program. She is currently serving as the Co-Curricular Department Chair and is co-teaching Spanish. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Peña Cintron taught Spanish as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Mississippi Delta.

Ms. Khamara Cleaves

Dance Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
She joined Brooke in 2015 as a paraprofessional in 2015. Since then, she has been Brooke Mattapan's K-8 Dance teacher. Ms. Cleaves is also an alumnus of Brooke Roslindale.

Ms. Alexis Daley

Art Teacher

B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
Alexis Daley joined Brooke in 2017 as the Brooke Mattapan K-8 art teacher. Since then, Ms. Daley has also coached the middle school girls basketball team at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Daley worked as a luthier's assistant and taught with the Eliot School of Fine Arts.  

Mr. Kenny Francois

Physical Education Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kenny Francois joined Brooke in 2016, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Mr. Francois has taught 4th grade and Physical Education at Brooke. Mr. Francois is currently serving as the Physical Education teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Francois did City Year at the Irving Middle School in Roslindale.

Ms. Karen Vaughan

Theater Arts Teacher

B.S., Columbus State University; M.Ed., Curry College
Ms. Vaughan joined Brooke as a theatre arts teacher at Brooke Mattapan in 2019. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Vaughan taught theatre with arts programs around the Boston area. She has also taught theatre with schools and arts programs in Georgia, Minnesota, and Hong Kong.  

Ms. Darragh McLaughlin

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Rhode Island
Darragh McLaughlin joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. McLaughlin was a student teacher for first, third, and fifth grade while majoring in Elementary Education at the University of Rhode Island. Ms. McLaughlin also completed a teaching fellowship with Generation Teach.

Ms. Adrianna Rivers

Associate Teacher

B.A, Smith College
Adrianna Rivers joined Brooke in 2019, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Rivers attended Smith College where she studied Environmental Science and Nursing. At Smith she was apart of many organizations including the Black Student Alliance and House Council. She also was the manager at her school's Campus Center.

Mr. Raymond Tejeda

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Raymond Tejeda joined Brooke in 2019 as a fifth grade Associate Teacher. Mr. Tejeda is a Brooke Charter Schools alum.

Ms. Fatou Touray

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Rhode Island
Ms. Touray graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a major in Political Science, Africana Studies and Communication. After graduation, Ms Touray relocated to Georgia to serve in AmeriCorps' Atlanta, teaching first grade literacy comprehension before transitioning to working in a Montessori school. Ms. Touray is excited to join the Brooke Mattapan team with hopes to provide an enriching and quality education to our Black and Brown scholars!

Ms. Rochelle Goldin

Occupational Therapist

B.S., Eastern Michigan University; M.B.A., Boston University.
Rochelle Goldin joined Brooke in September 2015 and has worked at Brooke Mattapan as an occupational therapist since that time. Before Brooke, Ms Goldin worked in various public and private schools for over 20 years as a school-based occupational therapist.
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Ms. Kendra Uccello

School Psychology Intern

B.A., Boston University; M.A., Tufts University
Kendra Uccello joined Brooke in 2019 as a School Psychology Intern at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Kendra completed her practicum in Boston Public Schools and worked as a Research Technician in a child development lab at Boston University.
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Ms. Debra Aviles

Teacher of the Deaf

Ms. Lexie Ladd

Student Support Coordinator

B.A. and M.A., St. Joseph's University
Lexie Ladd joined Brooke in 2015 as the second grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Ladd then taught third grade and is now a Student Support Coordinator, working with grades four and five. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ladd worked at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy working on the fourth grade team, with a focus on the Wilson Reading Program.

Mrs. Ilana Olefson Lockwood

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Northeastern University; M.A., Endicott College
Ilana Olefson Lockwood joined Brooke in January 2019 as a student support teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Lockwood worked in Newton and other public elementary schools mostly as a behavior therapist. She has taught in Massachusetts, Texas, New York, and New Jersey throughout her career.

Ms. Abigail Moldover

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Trinity College; M.A., Lesley University; M.A., Columbia University
Abigail Moldover joined Brooke in 2016 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Abigail worked as an Expressive Arts Therapist in New York City before switching careers to education. She worked as a teaching assistant in Tenafly, New Jersey, and then spent three years as a classroom teacher in the South Bronx.

Ms. Aimee Nitolo

ELL Coordinator

B.A., University Of California San Diego; M.A., San Francisco State University; Teaching Credentials, Sacramento State University
Aimee Nitolo joined Brooke in 2015 as the ELL Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Nitolo had worked in education for 12 years including as an AmeriCorps VISTA for ReadBoston, a preschool teacher at South End Head Start, a Bilingual Liaison for Beaufort County School District in South Carolina, and a Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California.
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Mr. Roy’al Sanyika-Hall

Student Support Coordinator

Ms. Robin Tucker

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., University of Vermont; M.Ed., Lesley University
Robin Tucker joined Brooke in 2014 as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms.Tucker taught kindergarten for four years and is now the student support coordinator for grades one through three at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Tucker served as a corps member at City Year Boston.

Ms. Rosamond Hayden

Operations Coordinator

B.A., Smith College
Rosamond Hayden joined Brooke Mattapan in 2018 as a fifth grade teacher. She is currently serving as an Operations Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Hayden taught fifth grade at East Elementary School in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Ms. Sheyla Negron-Kerfoot

Operations Coordinator

B.A., Suffolk University
Sheyla Negron-Kerfoot joined Brooke in 2019 as operations coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Negron was program manager at a non-profit organization and worked as political manager and organizer for a pro-charter advocacy non-profit organization.
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Ms. Marcela Borrero

School Culture Aide

Mr. Kristian Dodson

Paraprofessional

Kristian Dodson joined Brooke in 2017 as a volunteer basketball coach. He currently serves as a paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Dixie Ortiz

Operational and Cultural Support Associate

Ms. Ortiz joined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2017 as a School Culture Aide. Prior to joining our team, Ms. Ortiz was a bus monitor for BPS Transportation and a Brooke parent! Her son joined our school in 2011 when Brooke Mattapan first opened and she has been part of our community since then.

Ms. Abby Ricci

Speech Language Pathologist

B.S., Syracuse University; M.S., Southern Connecticut State University
Abby Ricci joined Brooke in 2017 as a Speech-Language Pathologist on the Brooke Charter Schools network team. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ricci had spent her time working as a speech-language pathology graduate student clinician in both school and clinical settings. Ms. Ricci has also served as a graduate teaching assistant and home-based therapy service provider.

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